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No Shame Swim Session
On Sunday, July 19, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. the Peninsula Park Community Center & Pool will be holding the ChunkyDunk – a body size friendly event for anyone who may be skittish about donning a swimsuit. Last year's events drew hundreds of people. Peninsula Park Pool is located at 700 N Rosa Parks Way-formerly Portland Blvd at N. Albina Street.
Price is $5-$10 on a sliding scale. It is a private, no judgment, no shame event, with cool, cool water and hot, hot sun! Bring your friends and family! All ages. Children must be supervised. Proceeds go to reimburse for pool rental. Percentage of profits to be donated to local body-positive charities/businesses.

OMSI Hosts NASA Historian
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will host a free speaking engagement with internationally renowned authority on space exploration and NASA historian, Andrew Chaikin. Chaikin's books include the best-selling chronicle of the Apollo moon missions "A Man on the Moon."
Chaikin visits OMSI to discuss NASA's Apollo program and what's ahead for the space program, including the upcoming LCROSS lunar-impact mission which will impact the moon's permanently shadowed regions. July 20, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing.
Andrew Chaikin will speak at OMSI July 28, 7:30 p.m. in the OMNIMAX Theater. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to rsvp@omsi.edu. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.

Karaoke Marathon to Benefit Ethos
As schools continue to cut music budgets, one organization is hoping to raise enough money to expand students' access to these important programs. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Ethos Music Center, the nonprofit organization will host Raise Your Voice, a 24 hour karaoke marathon at Voicebox Karaoke on Sept. 24, 2009.
Team registration begins on July 9. A team of up to 20 participants may sign up for a 3-hour timeslot, and raise pledges to directly benefit Ethos Music Center. Raise Your Voice participants will also have access to exclusive events, celebrity appearances and prizes. For more information and to register a team, visit: raiseyourvoicepdx.com.
Ethos hopes to reach a record number of students with direct and sustained music instruction. This demand for services comes at a time of decreased financial support. The organization hopes to raise $70,000 for music education during the Raise Your Voice event. Ethos serves over 7,000 students a year throughout the state of Oregon with direct and sustained music education. Ethos firmly believes that music education and its associated academic benefits keep at-risk youth engaged in their families, their communities, and their futures.
Raise Your Voice PDX is proudly sponsored by Charlie 97.1, 94/7 FM, Portland Mercury, and Voicebox Karaoke. Additional event support has been provided by Irwin Hodson Press, Fiction, Cinema 21, Columbia Distributing, The Nines, and Cindy Thompson Event Productions.

PCC President to Speak on Bond Spending
Portland Community College is Oregon's largest and most diverse institution of higher education. PCC has recently seen an 18 percent enrollment increase.
On July 17, Preston Pulliams, district president of Portland Community College, speaks at the City Club of Portland on how the successful November 2008 local bond measure will help the college cope with its huge surge in enrollment. He will share how advances in sustainability and "green" thinking - in the classroom and across the campuses - will allow PCC to address the demand for training in "green collar" fields. Finally, he will explain the PCC philosophy of providing access to higher education to everyone who wants it.
The talk is Friday, July 17, doors open 11:30; program begins 12:15, at The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave. Reserve lunch online at www.pdxcityclub.org or call 503-228-7231.

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